Monday, June 18, 2018


See yesterday's post if you missed it for the weekend update.

A few weeks ago we posted about putting up a possible DEER REPELLENT using soap sachets.  

Well, we can say that it was EPIC FAIL.

Sometime over the last week...

Deer ate all the pears off of this tree...

All the plums off of both plum trees...

And peaches/nectarines (i.e. mystery fruit) off of this tree.  We hope they enjoyed it whatever it was.

It wasn't birds because the fruit was completely gone.  Birds will just usually eat parts and/or leave the pits behind.  There were also a couple of incriminating tracks in the ground and a broken branch on one tree that had fruit up higher up.

It's not a terrible loss because this was more or less a test crop this season anyway and we just a few pieces of fruit growing.  The last two years we've removed blossoms to allow for root and tree growth.  This year though, we allowed some fruit to set.  Partially to see if it would (it did) and also to see if we'd have predator problems (we do).

So in a way it's a success because now we can learn from what happened and (hopefully) be prepared for next season to finally get a decent crop of fruit.

Damn deer.  Beautiful animals and we love to see them grazing in the fields around the house but stay away from our fruit trees.  

We're trying to think of a solution.  Since the boxes are 4' x 4' square, maybe just putting in tall poles, one on each corner, and then some sort of mesh screening/netting/fencing around each box would work..  Something similar to above...times 8, ha.  

Open to suggestions!

Sunday, June 17, 2018


It's been a weekend to try to beat the weather...

Garden harvest
We had a great harvest this weekend:

20 banana peppers
14 tomatoes
8 jalapeños
2 cucumbers

The garden though is starting to struggle.  Not sure why.  Too much water?  Not enough?  Doing it remotely always makes it difficult finding the proper balance.  Maybe it just got too hot too soon.

The cucumbers, which about this time last year were starting to go crazy, well we're only getting a few per week.  Maybe they'll explode here soon?

The eggplants are getting eaten by ants.  Not sure how to fix that.

Drying garlic
Garlic still drying nicely. it shrinks a bit as it pulls inward during drying and sealing the head.  When this happens, the outer layer of paper (the part that has the dirt from the planting still on it) starts to come loose.  This one is a good example of the process.  Underneath, we will be left with heads of garlic that look like what you find in the store.

When I got to the farm, the sky was blue and partly cloudy...

...and here's the same angle later in the afternoon.  The weather was definitely starting to change.

I didn't have to mow at all.  In fact, it looked exactly the same as last week after I mowed because the ground is just so dry.  So we're OK with the rain, since we need it.

It's raining now and supposed to most of the day today.  So far though, it's gentle and starting/stopping so that's fine.

Vintage juice glasses
I found this in our storage a few months back and took the opportunity to wash it and clean it all up. Thought I'd share a picture.  It's a vintage set of juice glasses, with each glass having a different flower design on it.  The cool thing is that they all fit into this handy dandy metal carrier. 

Fresh baked bread
2nd Man decided that a rainy day is a good day to bake, so he's making some white bread.  A couple loaves, one for us to eat on for a few days and one for me to take to the office and share.  

To all the Dads out there, those who are here and those who are long gone, we love everything Dads do for us...

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Off to the farm today but with an eye on the sky and the weather...

...there is a tropical disturbance heading our way.  They say it won't became a storm or even a depression but it is going to be a means to funnel a lot of Gulf moisture into our region in the form of heavy rains.  

The good news is it's spread over a few days.
The bad news it might be upwards of 6 inches.

It's supposed to start later today and then rain ALL day tomorrow and Monday and Tuesday.

2nd Man can't go out today, he is at work as there is a project they are in the middle of and need to get some more work done in case the weather keeps people home early in the week.

Probably won't have to mow but will need to check things, harvest some veggies, taking a few things out there and of course batten down the hatches just in case the weather takes a turn at the end.

More updates later, hope your weekend is off to a good start. 

Friday, June 15, 2018


Stopped at the feed store the other day to get some fertilizer for the fruit trees and we noticed that it was that time of year...

They had two large galvanized tanks full of baby chicks running all around!

Is it wrong that for a brief moment, I wanted to just get in there with them and lay down while they crawled all over me?  Ha!

They are so adorable, that's for sure.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Every Thursday we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm. Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and someday, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

As we've said before on the blog, we really want some window boxes at the farm. My Grandmother had one, exactly one, ha, at her house and I always remember seeing it from the inside, bright flowers peeking through the curtains.  We've looked at various ideas online and we saw this one and really liked it.  It's a window box but not really a box.  Seems like it could be pretty easy to accomplish.  Wooden shelf, cut holes, clay pots, and brackets.  Add soil, flowers and water.  It's something that could work as we could switch the pots out and even move them around as needed.  

The house has all manner of windows that just cry out for a window box.  This is one end of the house, the first window the foyer and the other two the master bedroom sitting area.  

We had put the plans for boxes on hold until we had the exterior painted and done but I'm thinking now that sooner is better rather than later so we can start enjoying the color.  I might just try out something like the one earlier in the post, start simple until later when maybe we do something more substantial as a window box.  

Be inspired!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Remember weekend before last when we had this harvest (see above) with some not quite ripe tomatoes?  Per several suggestions, we put them in the window ledge at the apartment and by Friday...

Garden fresh tomatoes
...this is what those same four tomatoes looked like!  They were the most beautiful red color, even more vibrant than we see in the store!

We needed to use them fast so...

...I sliced a couple of them up, along with some fresh basil from our garden, and some mozzarella...

Caprese crackers
...and stacked them on water crackers, drizzled it all with olive oil and a nice, sweet, balsamic vinegar.  

They were SO good.

Tomato basil mozzarella on crackers
We each had a plate (with a few extra for seconds) and it made for a nice dinner, actually very filling.

Monday, June 11, 2018



We might not have purposely planted color but we do have nature made color in various spots around the property.  Beauty is where you find it!

It was a good day Saturday as I got to spend time on the Zen Machine (this GIF cracks me up).  I mowed everything.  Last weekend I edged so the result is a neat least for a week or two!  

Honestly I could have skipped mowing since we didn't have much rain over the last couple of weeks, but I figured it was better to go ahead and do that just in case we did get rain and it suddenly started growing again.

And speaking of...

....just after I finished mowing and was relaxing on the porch, I heard thunder.  I had to run around and close up the barn and shed and put stuff in the car just in case it was a monsoon.

It wasn't a monsoon but a steady rain for about 30 minutes or so.  Then it was cooler for a bit.

I was able to check the garlic and it's drying nicely, right on schedule.  I picked one and went ahead and peeled off some of the outer dried dirt layers to see what was going on underneath.  It looks like garlic from the store!  We're excited for this part of our journey in learning how to do things at the farm.

And speaking of...

...check this out!
Our harvest for the weekend!  

2 Asian eggplant
3 cucumbers
1 yellow squash
8 banana peppers
16 tomatoes (!)

OK, so it's not huge but it's not bad either, especially for once a week "remote gardening", ha.  The most tomatoes we've ever been able to get from the garden.  Still quite a few nice size green ones as well.  We're trying to pull a few just as they start to turn so we can ripen them here.  Now we need to figure out a use for these before they get TOO ripe.  Maybe a small batch of tomato sauce canning?  Oven roasted and saved in olive oil?  Suggestions?   

We're chopping up most of the banana peppers and freezing them, holding them until we have enough for a batch of banana pepper mustard.  

Cukes haven't started producing in numbers needed for pickles so these we're just slicing and eating as we get them.

The squash will end up in a stir fry this week and the eggplant will end up in a pasta sauce.

Then we'll see what we get next weekend!

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Thought you might all enjoy seeing this...

Remember the fluffy baby donkey that we posted about a couple of months ago?  It belongs to the neighbors on one side of us.

He (she? tried to see but couldn't, ha) is growing up fast.  Color is changing a bit too.  Getting a bit darker and less fluffy.

They all roamed over to the fence line while I was outside and wanted to see what was going on.  

I think this is Mama, as they stayed really close.  The one in the bottom corner of this picture was super friendly, letting me give it some good ear scratching.

We had one carrot left in the house and I chopped it up and gave it to them.  Not sure if the little one got any, the bigger ones ate it up quickly.  

Next time I'll bring more!

Hope you are having a good weekend.  Weather is hit and miss here.  Hot, rainy, cooler, hot again...lather/rinse/repeat.

Update tomorrow including a really pretty harvest and garlic and fruit tree updates.

Friday, June 8, 2018


2nd Man and I always tried to catch the newest episodes of his show...and more often than not, we'd end up watching an old episode for the umpteenth time if it was on, hanging on every word from that great voice and every delicious looking bite of food like it was the first time we had ever seen it.

When we all sit down at the table, no matter what country we are in, what political party we belong to, what religion we practice, or not, rich, poor, white, black, straight, matter what our differences, we can all enjoy the common bond of food. 

Indeed food can bring the world together...

Peace Anthony...


We say this all the time, home, work, friends, etc.  All of us are of a "certain age" shall we say.

I wonder if young people today would even understand this?  For all the rest, this is for you...

This made both of us laugh out loud.  Hope you get a laugh out of it too.  Or maybe a groan, ha .

It's Friday!  This weekend is going to be hot.
Really hot.  Not sure what we'll do this weekend, I may have to mow, maybe not, no rain again all week.  I didn't mow last weekend either so we'll see how much it has grown.  

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Every Thursday we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm. Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and someday, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Flower garden sitting area, image via
The inspiration here today is color.  Just lots of pretty flowers with color popping everywhere.  I'm not sure we'll ever have anything THIS beautiful but it certainly won't be for lack of trying.  Now if the weather would just cooperate and not have a feels like of 115.  Ugh.  

Anyway, pretty flowers, peaceful setting who knows, maybe someday.  

Be inspired!